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Hi all,.

I'm having difficulities shooting in low-light conditions. Low-light meaning.. fireside or where i'm trying to do some "dramatic" lighting..

First, it seems like it's difficult for my camera to focus..

Second, everything has an orange/red hue to it. comments and suggestions appreciated..

Thanks...

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Flywaterguide wrote:.

Hi all,.

I'm having difficulities shooting in low-light conditions. Low-lightmeaning.. fireside or where i'm trying to do some "dramatic" lighting..

First, it seems like it's difficult for my camera to focus..

That's because there's not enough light for it to focus properly..

Second, everything has an orange/red hue to it. comments andsuggestions appreciated..

You need to set your white balance for the proper conditions...

Comment #1

First, tell us what camera you are using....

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #2

It doesn't matter what camera you are using, as a previous poster said: AF is always a problem in dim conditions and the color cast is due the lighting..

However, solving the problems can be camera specific. The AF assist beam on the D200 should help with AF within a range of 3 metres of the camera  make sure that custom function 4 is set so that AF assist is on. If AF assist isn't sufficient most systems allow a flash to be used for AF, even when it isn't going to fire for image illumination..

You can always focus manually. It still works..

Tungsten lights, the light from a log fire, and even halogen lights will not give the same color temperature as daylight. If you shoot RAW (Nikon calls this NEF), then you can color balance after the shot. Shooting RAW is by far the best solution..

Even if you shoot RAW, it is best to do a custom white balance before taking shots in odd light conditions. It is really simple, it is in the manual, it is a three step process. Take a shot of a neutral card (white sheet of paper or photographic gray card) under the lighting conditions. Use the camera menu to tell the camera to use that shot for color balance. Set the camera to custom color balance (white balance preset)..

The camera will use the custom balance when creating JPEGs. For RAW image processing you can use the custom balance as a starting point for conversion. With JPEGs you are stuck with the white balance, with RAW you can tone it down a little to allow some of that warm glow into the image..

You could also try shooting with the preset tungsten balance (incandescent) or using the Kelvin temperature balance (try setting it to the lowest color temperature)..

Brian A...

Comment #3

Hugowolf wrote:.

It doesn't matter what camera you are using, as a previous postersaid: AF is always a problem in dim conditions and the color cast isdue the lighting..

Yes, but with many non-mirror-box cameras, there is virtually no way to speed up the AF..

I agree with you that setting a custom white balance is the way to fix the overly warm colors..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #4

1. The problem is that there is not enough contrast. The light from flame gradually tapers off, and it is moving at the same time.A camera with manual focus will do the best job in such situations..

2. If camera has manual mode, than first set the parameters (aperture,shutter,WB) for exposure. Than half press to lock focus on similar distanced object, reframe & shoot..

3. If your camera has AE lock than you can first lock exposure, than half press to lock focus on some similar disatance object. Reframe and press fully to capture shot..

IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

Flywaterguide wrote:.

First, it seems like it's difficult for my camera to focus..

That's because there's not enough light for it to focus properly..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #5

Fireside implies indoors..

Put the cam on a tripod turn on the lights manual focus it or use focus lock turn off the lights and shoot. Presumably you are using your f2.8 lenses?.

No camera that I know can cope with incandescent light on an Auto White Balance setting..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #6

Good suggestions. I'll try tinkering with the Kelvin temp and adjust it to obtain the proper color/hue I'm looking for. I do have the AF assit light on, and I was thinking that was the problem... so I'll fool around with that as well..

I'm looking to shoot low-light images like the one linked below. great lighting and strong shadows..

Thanks!.

Http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6685295..

Comment #7

Flywaterguide wrote:.

Good suggestions. I'll try tinkering with the Kelvin temp and adjustit to obtain the proper color/hue I'm looking for. I do have the AFassit light on, and I was thinking that was the problem... so I'llfool around with that as well..

I'm looking to shoot low-light images like the one linked below.great lighting and strong shadows..

Why do you think that is a "low-light" image? I think "low-key" would be a better description....

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-key_lighting.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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